Tuesday, September 27, 2016

THE GUIDE: AUSTIN EATS

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A round-up of some favourite places to savour safely in Austin, TX—accommodating anything + anyone from allergies to vegan enthusiasts to paleo noshers . . .

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L A U N D E R E T T E  was where we had my celebratory birthday dinner and it was quite possibly the best little fête I could have dreamt of GRILLED BROCCOLINI romesco, fresno, almonds; ZUCCHINI pine nuts, cilantro, mint, carrot dressing; BRICK CHICKEN lemony braised greens; BEEF TARTARE creamy-dreamy orange yolk, taro root 
I could have clapped, cheered, and licked the plate dry twice with this meal, but I thought I'd cherish the newfound dignity and grace of being a year older. Next time . . .
                                     
picnik austinP I C N I K  was the spot we frequented the most, with its completely paleo—save the dairy + a few pseudo-grains—and sustainably-sourced menu. Their eggs are local and as orange as its polar opposite Kraft American cheese; their meats grass-fed + pasture-raised; and they make some mean tonics like golden milk matcha (turmeric-infused green tea matcha latté) and chaga hot chocolate (medicinal mushroom-infused creamy cacao) that can be altered to be completely dairy-free! They have two locations—a smaller, to-go one in South Lamar and another new, larger one on Burnet Road—so pick accordingly!

launderetteQ U A L I T Y   S E A F O O D  M A R K E T  was the number one place I was looking forward to visiting post-canoeing under the humid hot heat of the Austin sun, but they were unfortunately closed. My Austin-native husband swears by this spot, with its fresh seafood and raw oyster bar. Visit for a casual dine-in experience with the highest grade of fresh fish + eat enough to sink a boat!
A little vignette of our steak tartare at Launderette

The location at 550 BOWIE  is the holy grail in its birthpalace and, living in the high Western TX desert without a WFM, I heard the angels whisper spend your whole paycheck as I entered. The entire rows of local kombuchas with rose to cola flavours is dizzying, but I somehow kept my wallet slightly intact . . . 



H I L L S I D E   F A R M A C Y another quaint café for a sweet Sunday brunch of locally and pasture-raised eggs, daily raw shucked and lemon-juiced oysters, and bruléed Texas grapefruit (skip the sugar!). Offers for later in the day include sustainably-raised entrée pickings, a charcuterie board, and bubblies.


juliet austinJ U L I E T is a sweet little Italian spot to feed your aesthetic eye and happy-hour mind. The bar menu includes olive oil tasting, happy-hour noshes, and over 100 carefully-curated selection of wines. Their menu is marked as already-prepared gluten-free and gluten-free upon request dishes for Celiacs like me who have to be careful about cross-contamination.   

J U I C E   S H O P S are seemingly popping up everywhere in brick-and-mortar and food truck form. Some of the noteworthy ones, in addition to the offerings at Picnik, are Juice Austin, Daily Juice, JuiceLand, and Juice Society.

Monday, September 26, 2016

SPIRITUAL SMACK: IN SEARCH / OF SILENCE


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Today's post is appropriately brief. We're in constant search of words, hastily digging in pockets of elaborate expressions and comebacks. Always in search of digging our teeth into another's word—the impassible last biting word as an upper hand. Today, let's find resilience in silence. To soften our tongue and touch . . .

Friday, September 16, 2016

FARMACY: THE BLUES


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a guide on how to beat the blues + reignite your energy . . . 

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